Puritanism/ calvinism. How a Protestant Sect defined America. Puritanism is Calvinism. Who’s the guy with the beard?. John Calvin, French-born Swiss theologian 1509 – 1564 (this makes him a contemporary of Martin Luther and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation)
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How a Protestant Sect defined America
Since we are descendents of the fallen Adam and Eve,
we are naturally very bad.
God has chosen from eternity to extend mercy to those He has chosen and to withhold mercy from those not chosen. Those chosen receive salvation through Christ alone. Those not chosen receive the just wrath that is warranted for their sins against God.
Puritans see themselves as the CHOSEN ONES.
atonement (the forgiveness of sin by God) isn’t limited in its value or power, but rather that the atonement is limited in the sense that it is designed for some and not all
(God likes Puritans and the rest of us are out of luck.)
God's Holy Spiritcannot be resisted, but that the Holy Spirit, "graciously causes the elect sinner to cooperate, to believe, to repent, to come freely and willingly to Christ.“
Puritans are Puritans because God likes them best, not because they chose to be Puritans.
Celebration of Easter and Christmas
Elaborate churches with stained glass windows
Clerical hierarchy and clerical abstinence
Even in politics, we tend to demonize our opposition.